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Poverty in Scotland

This section presents evidence on poverty in Scotland. Different groups of the population may have different causes of poverty. The causes of poverty are not necessarily linear or direct - poverty tends to be the conflux of a number of events which combined result in household poverty. Some of these events are macro-economic events (such as availability of employment with the hours and pay rates to lift individuals out of poverty), and some are related to equality characteristic (gender, ethnicity, disability).

The official poverty statistics and a range of evidence are presented. Use the links below to search for evidence.

Latest statistics and analysis

Statistics on Poverty in Scotland to be published on 28 March 2019

The next updates of the annual publications Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland and Persistent Poverty in Scotland are going to be published on 28 March 2019.

Children in Families with Limited Resources updated
Working paper on in-work poverty in Scotland
Additional poverty analysis
Statistics on Poverty in Scotland (published March 2018)
Additional poverty analysis (published on 12 June 2017)

Poverty in Scotland